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Employment Law Update: 2013 Highlights

18 February 2014

There was great expectation at the beginning of 2013 that a Workplace Relations Bill would be published to provide for the reform of Ireland’s workplace relations institutions and structures, to include the merger of the existing five statutory bodies into one body of first instance and one court of appeal.  Although the legislation has been delayed to 2014, a new website was launched and replaces the websites of the existing statutory bodies.  The publication of the Workplace Relations Bill in 2014 is likely to result in significant reforms in the area of employment law and we will keep you updated on future developments. 

Highlights for 2013 included:

  • Registered Employment Agreements
  • Protected Disclosures Bill 2013
  • A Progressive Year for Pensions

Registered Employment Agreements

On 9 May 2013, the Supreme Court held that the Registered Employment Agreement ("REA") system for determining pay rates and working conditions was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court held that whilst the legislature may delegate the power to make administrative rules and regulations, and to exercise certain functions…

Protected Disclosures Bill 2013

On 3 July 2013, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, published the Protected Disclosures Bill 2013 (the "Bill") which he referred to as “Ireland’s legal framework for combating corruption”.  This is the first time that a single overarching piece of legislation will…

A Progressive Year for Pensions

2013 was a progressive year for pensions - a year that saw a number of high profile pension disputes enter the Commercial Court concerning, in the main, scheme funding disputes between sponsoring employers and trustees. The year ended with the signing into law of the Social Welfare and Pensions (No. 2) Act 2013 (“the…